By: Scott Knapp – Director of Education

As another school year comes to an end, school officials have to start preparing for next year. With only three short months during summer, following our itinerary can ensure your facility is ready for the new school year.

  1. Fire Alarm Inspection – Hopefully these have sat silently throughout the year, which can lead to – out of sight out of mind, but an annual inspection is required. Don’t leave this until the last minute. Scheduling a technology services partner with the ability to test all of the components needed for compliance with your local AHJ can become tricky the closer it gets to fall.
  2. Wireless Network Assessment – Have you heard complaints from your staff or students about slow network performance or holes in Wi-Fi coverage? A network survey from a qualified IT vendor can identify network bottlenecks, traffic flow issues and gaps in service. Resolving issues over the Summer can alleviate stress when Fall comes around.
  3. Emergency Communication Planning – Do you have a plan for communicating across email, text, and voice, within and outside of your building or campus during an emergency to students, staff, visitors, parents, first responders, etc.? Do you have the ability to deliver a CALM, PREPARED messaging during a stressful emergency? Do you have an action plan for approving emergency communications? Today, easily affordable software solutions can integrate many life safety and communication systems together. While we can’t prevent emergencies, an ounce of preparation can make all of the difference in an emergency.
  4. Security Audit – Regular maintenance on security cameras, intercoms and phones are vital to ensuring that critical components are working properly to capture an image or communicate an emergency situation to administrators and first responders. Scheduled Summer maintenance is less disruptive and provides peace of mind for the Fall.
  5. Monitoring Services – One of the worst things that could happen is returning after an extended break to a system failure, busted pipe, spoiled food or other minor or not-so-minor disasters. Luckily, there are ways to avoid this. Now is the time to evaluate your needs and discuss options for monitoring critical or costly systems.

School will be back in session before you know it. Partnering with a technology services organization can ensure all of the items on your itinerary are checked off and ensure you have a successful summer break.